She was born in Riverton, Wyo. Aug. 25, 1948 to Caroline and Ivan Metzler. When she was 30, she moved to Washington with her two children, Misti and Nick Lawrence. From there, she moved to Noxon 20 years ago.
Mickie always had a heart for the less fortunate. Her son had cerebral palsy as a result of lack of oxygen during birth. While in Washington, she served as a prison guard, despite her petite stature, and earned a degree in counseling, which she used to help inmates. To assist her son and others, she became a chairperson for Special Olympics and as such, lobbied Congress in Washington, D.C. to get laws passed to help those with disabilities.
For 15 years, she took into her home many teenaged girls, participated in walkathons to raise money for handicapped and assisted with the Jerry Lewis Telethon.
After her husband died, Mickie won an all expense paid trip to Africa to photograph wildlife courtesy of the Kodak film company. She took hundreds of photos of the native people and wildlife while there.
In Noxon, she served on the board of the Community Services Fellowship and worked tirelessly in the food bank and community center. Many will remember her efforts in gathering hundreds of items to be auctioned at the Veterans Dinner at the Noxon School annually to provide free meals for veterans as well as earning money to support the food bank and community center. She was a member of and served the Baptist Mountain Church at Noxon.
Last summer, she and her daughter, Misti, joined with Samaritan’s Purse in Colorado Springs to help families sift through and clean up houses that had burned in the Black forest fire. She said that being able to locate anything for the home owners made it all of value, even when it was just the topper to the family’s wedding cake.
Her caring led Mickie to purchase hundreds of gifts for the children of Noxon, Heron and Trout Creek to be given out at Christmas, bringing them to the Baptist Church so volunteers could help with the wrapping. Last year, because she had accrued over 300 items, she took all the tree of hearts names from the Local Store and they were wrapped and delivered to the Sheriff’s Office for their Christmas deliveries.
She wrapped gifts for all the residents of the group home in Libby where her son, Nick, resides. She also helped with all the activities for the handicapped throughout the year. Mickie loved to fish, was a serious Broncos fan, and loved traveling to discover her roots, which took her to Ireland with her father and sister, Peggy Metzler. Mickie had planned to buy a home with her sister there.
She is survived by her daughter, Misti Cohen, and son, Nick Lawrence, grandchildren, Ashley, Stetson and Bailey Bruce; great-grandchildren, Ivan and Roan Barkley, brothers, Ivan (Butch) Metzler and Kenneth Metzler, and Margaret (Peggy) Metzler.
A memorial and pot luck was held at the Noxon School Multipurpose Room which was attended by over 200 friends to show their appreciation for all she had done for them individually and the community.